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WHAT ARE YOU READING?

This is a group in which we can share information about what we are currently reading or have read and discuss emerging themes..

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OF HUMAN BONDAGE

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Satya Robyn Aug 4. 5 Replies

I have just completed reading Of Human Bondage, volume I, by Somerset Maugham. It was published in 1915 and is the story - probably substantially autobiographical - of a young man growing up and having great difficulty finding direction in life. I…Continue

POWER, WEALTH & WOMEN ~ Gandavyuha

Started by David Brazier Jun 4. 0 Replies

I am reading Doug Osto’s book Power, Wealth and Women in Indian Mahayana Buddhism: The Gandavyuha-sutra…Continue

THE ASIATICS ~ Frederick Prokosch

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier May 3. 2 Replies

Last night I read a chunk of the novel The Asiatics, by Frederick Prokosch. I say "a chunk", because my copy is missing the first fifty pages or so, so I was plunged into the middle of the action, at which point out hero was already locked up in a…Continue

Hallelujah Anyway by Ann Lamott

Started by Jan Wizinowich May 3. 0 Replies

This little book explores mercy in humorous and insightful ways. Lamott shares her stories as illustrative of our bombu natures with honesty and humor. What I found particularly interesting is that she is Christian, but has what I consider a…Continue

THE DIARIES OF SOPHIA TOLSTOY

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Apr 1. 7 Replies

I am currently reading this work, translated by Cathy Porter, published in London by Alma Books. This paperback edition was published in 2010.I am finding it more interesting than I expected. You can imagine the dynamics of the Tolstoy household. He…Continue

THE HEALING POWER OF MIND

Started by David Brazier Mar 7. 0 Replies

Review by Attila MislaiTulku Thondup Rinpocse' book of The Healing Power of Mind) seems to be so consonant with Zen Therapy as if the authors would have joined with each…Continue

THE SEA, THE SEA

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Feb 18. 3 Replies

Iris Murdoch, 1978. The Sea, The Sea. Panther. Fiction. 502 pages. Winner of the Booker Prize. Last night I started reading The Sea The Sea  by Iris Murdoch. This is the third or fourth of her novels that I have read - maybe the fifth. They are each…Continue

JUST AS YOU ARE

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Feb 7. 3 Replies

A new book by…Continue

EVERYMAN

Started by David Brazier Jan 27. 0 Replies

Submitted by Attila MislaiEveryman by Philip RothThere is a silent desperation that keeps haunting the main character in Roth's excellent novel. Nothing dramatic, nothing hysterical,…Continue

The Incantation of Frida K.

Started by Alexi Francis Jan 27. 0 Replies

I'm about halfway through The Incantation of Frida K. by Kate Braverman. I was a little reluctant to read about the life of Frida Kahlo again - there seems to be a lot about her. I'm struggling with the book because of this but what makes it a very…Continue

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Comment by David Brazier on Monday

Thanks, Robert - yes, let's hope so. An opening up would be a step forward. The science-religion binary has worn a bit thin but still inhibits much creative thought on both sides.

Comment by Robert McCarthy on November 13, 2017 at 0:33

While science and Buddhism have had many places of accord this seems a very new place for science based enquiry to engage with consciousness; let alone the experience of death. I am quite elated to see this as it will open new pathways to those many people who shun religion for the more 'reality' based critical sort of enquiry that science is regarded as premised upon. Many paths.

Comment by Robert McCarthy on November 10, 2017 at 20:49
Thanks Charlene. .. I cannot recall whether that term has been used.
Comment by Charlene Diane Jones on November 10, 2017 at 14:20

Robert McCarthy thank you. I read a bit of Neuroscience and have noted none of the authors use the word Consciousness. Good to know there are areas of science interested in exploring how our perceptions weave with what we believe is "out there." Robert, do any of these authors mention the unconscious? 

Comment by David Brazier on November 10, 2017 at 7:03

Thanks, Robert. Very interesting. Of course, science is having its say but these are not new ideas - not to Buddhists anyway :-) . And also 'of course' we are bound to ask "How can it be like that?" - a real mind teaser.

Comment by Robert McCarthy on November 10, 2017 at 5:06
Ps the author is Robert Lanza
Comment by Robert McCarthy on November 10, 2017 at 4:54
I have been very much drawn to reading and attending conferences around recent understandings of science in relation to consciousness and notiobs of other power. I am currently a third of the way through a recent book ' Beyond Biocentrism' br David Lanza. While the language is not so technical the current understandings are deeply challenging to our lived notions of reality. Here are a few paragraphs that illustrate where science is looking.
Experiment after experiment continues to suggest that we—consciousness, the mind—create space and time, not the other way around. Without consciousness, space and time are nothing. This consciousness is co-relative with objects in that space-time realm. The conclusion seems inescapable. Suffusing the cosmos is the realm of mind, whose observations cause objects to materialize, to assume one property or another, or to jump from one position to another without passing through any intervening space. These results have been described as beyond logical comprehension. But these are real experiments that have been carried out so many times that no physicist questions them. As Nobel-winning physicist Richard Feynman once remarked, “I think it is safe to say that no one understands quantum mechanics . . . Do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possibly avoid it, ‘But how can it be like that?’ because you will go ‘down the drain’ into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped.” But biocentrism makes sense of it all for the first time, because the mind is not secondary to a material universe. Rather, it is one with it. We are more than our individual bodies, eternal even when we die. This is the indispensable prelude to immortality.
Comment by David Brazier on October 25, 2017 at 8:35

Robert - yes, i think that this is an important and dreadful matter. The tools evolved to make a liberal society super comfortable can also be the means of total oppression so it is possible that we are walking like blind children into a caldron of misery waiting somewhere in the future. The road to hell is paved with such intentions and collectively we cooperate in creating the conditions for our own destruction.

Comment by Robert McCarthy on October 25, 2017 at 7:38
I am reading a book..."against the fascist creep" by Akexander Reid Ross. It studies this subject from its earliest named time around the beginning if the 20th century right through to Trump and Brexit.
The author holds me in domething of a grim spell as I finish the chapters up to the late 1940s. It is hard to accept the power of a full on fascist government with todays technology very much including mass media.
I was going to write a review of an earlier book I read but felt I could not do it justice and instead quoted paragraphs on facebook.
Comment by Robert McCarthy on August 8, 2017 at 0:16

Thank you David. I will be pleased to write a review of this book.

 

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Study Grouop

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on November 13, 2017 at 8:04 0 Comments

We had our regular skype study group on Saturday evening. Three people attended including myself and we studied some of Dharmavidya’s writings and had very helpful discussions about subjects such as Buddhist prayer, accepting death and being Human. The next group will be on Saturday the 25th at 9.30pm. This late time is due to the fact that some of our members are overseas in different time zones. if you would like to join us please email me adamdunsby@hotmail.com or skype me…

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ON BEING LIBERALLY DOGMATIC (rather than dogmatically liberal)

Posted by David Brazier on November 8, 2017 at 11:30 0 Comments

Last night I had a conversation in a restaurant in which a person reported the view that the religion of the future would be Zen because Zen was a religion without dogmas. This statement struck me with particular force because at the moment I am in the middle of reviewing a draft chapter by another author on "Eastern Meditation Meets the West" for a future publication. This chapter highlights the cultural filters that ideas have to pass through in order to get a stamp of approval by our…

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Relationship.

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on September 9, 2017 at 20:56 0 Comments

Found this on a Chogyam Trungpa video…

''The relationship between student and teacher is like a dance…

In relating with the teacher, your critical input and your surrendering work together. They’re not working against each other. The more input you get from the teacher and the phenomenal world and the more you develop, at the same time, the more you question. So there is a kind of dance taking place between the teacher and yourself. You are not particularly trying to switch off…

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Reflections on Foolishness.

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on September 5, 2017 at 11:50 2 Comments

I sometimes can’t believe how defective I am!! Whilst despairing of myself the other day I remembered a Shinran teaching that I found some time ago. It really made me think and reinforced my resolve to practice.

It is a Pureland teaching about the depth of our sin preventing us from being genuinely good. Our efforts to be decent, caring beings are always based in and therefore contaminated by our self centredness, greed hatred and delusion. This is due to the…

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